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New Zealand Beer

New Zealand is known for beer and drinking beer. New Zealand beers are very regional with the different brands in different areas having a cult following.

In Otago and the bottom of the South Island you will find Speights the most popular ale. As you move up the South Isalnd Canterbury Draught is the preferred beer along with Speights.
You cross the Cook Strait heading north and Wellington has DB Draught and Tui, moving up to Hamilton and you will find Waikato Draught. The Auckland region has Tui, Lion Red and Export Gold as its favourites. 

The local beer is reasonably priced, and has a higher alcohol content than North American lagers. There are many fun and historical 'pubs' throughout New Zealand, and a couple of breweries or brewery pubs open for touring. We have listed these below the table of popular NZ beers.

Beer Tasting 52: Steinlager from New Zealand

Beer name



Local Price

Small Comment



NZD 5.00

ale from the Nelson region



NZD 4.00

Very distinctive ale that has been the pride of the south for over 120 years. Very popular in the Otago and Southland regions



NZD 3.50

Ale that has it origins as a West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand



NZD 3.00

The new/old popular beer



NZD 5.00

This is the beer of Hamilton and the Waikato region



NZD 3.00

Steinlager New Zealands’s popular export beer

Canterbury Draught


NZD 5.50

Canterbury Draught the drink of the Canterbury and the Christchurch region

Lion Red


NZD 4.00

A popular Auckland beer

DB Draught


NZD 4.00

             An old favourite

Export Gold


NZD 3.50

Export Gold is a popular Auckland drink












Drink whatever you like the taste of, as all beers listed are available in all regions of New Zealand.

New Zealand Breweries and Brewery tours

While in New Zealand why not have a look at a brewery or two. One of the most popular is the Speights tour in Dunedin. Below is a list of most of the New Zealand breweries that offer tours.

Brewhouse-Havelock North
Tours  Mon-Fri 11am-3pm, or by appointment
Te Aute & Havelock Roads, Havelock North Phone: (64) 6 425-299 Fax: (64) 6 877-3007

Canterbury Brewery
Located in the center of the city. All beers are brewed in huge copper brewing vessels.
36 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch.    Phone: 64-3-379 4940

DB Breweries Limited
650 Gt South Rd Otahuhu PO Box 22475 Auckland  Phone: (64) 9   270- 2200
E-mail: 650 Gt South Rd Otahuhu PO Box 22475 Auckland  Phone: (64) 9   270- 2200

Duff's Brewery
695 Great King St Dunedin Phone: (64) 3 477- 7276 Duff's Brewery

Gailbraith Brewing Company
The brewery is attached to Galbraiths Alehouse.
2 Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, Auckland Phone: (64) 9  379-3557 Fax : (64) 9    307-6721

Hawkes Bay Independent Brewery
Tours by appointment only.
42 Holden Street, Onekawa, Napier  Phone: (64) 6 843-3719 Fax: (64) 6 843-2671

Kahikatea Brewery
Sample and purchase at brewery prices
256 Kahikatea Drive PO Box 8012 Hamilton Phone: (64) 7 847-0705 Fax: (64) 7 847-0706

Lion Breweries South
Brewery Tours available. 36 St Asaph St. PO Box 59, Christchurch.  Phone: 64-3-379-4940

Milkshed Brewing Company
Tours very limited and by appointment only. Brewery sales: Saturday Noon-6pm
Davidsons and Greenpark Roads, R.D.4, Greenpark, Christchurch Phone: 64 (03) 325-5711

Miners' Brewery
Tours and sales from the Brewery
10 Lyndhurst Street, Wesport Phone: (64) 3 789- 6201 Fax: (64) 3 789- 6201

The Mussel Inn
Open 11am-late 7 days Labour weekend (last Mon in October) to Easter
Onekaka (between Takaka and Collingwood) South Island
Phone: (64) 3 525- 9241 Fax: (64) 3 525-9241. E-mail:

Nelson Bays Brewery
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-5:30pm,   Fri & Sat 11am-6pm
89 Pascoe Street Tahunanui, Nelson Phone: (64) 03 547-8097 Fax: (64) 03 547-8097

New Zealand Breweries Ltd
PO Box 23 5-7 Kingdon Street, Newmarket Auckland
Phone: (64) 9 377-8840 Fax: (64) 9 358-8580.  E-mail:

Pink Elephant Brewery
Hours: Daily 10:30am-6:00pm (closed Sun & Tues)
Rapaura Road, Renwick Phone: (64) 3 572- 9467 Fax: (64) 3 572- 9467

Rangitoto Brewing Company
Open for tours by appointment
134 Hurstmere RoadTakapuna, Auckland Phone: (64) 9  486-6330 Fax: (64) 9 486-6333

Speight's Brewery
Tours available upon prior arrangement.
200 Rattray St.,PO Box 231, Dunedin Phone: 64-3-477-9480 (Also in Invercargill.)

New Zealand Breweries Ltd.
5-7 Kingdon Street, Newmarket, Auckland  (PO Box 23, Auckland)
Phone: 64 9 377 8840.   Fax: 64 9 358 8580.  E-mail:
Web site: Steinlager - New Zealand's Finest Beer - Welcome

Timpany Brewery
72 Banborough Street Invercargill  Phone: (64) 3 217-9509 Fax: (64) 3 217-9509

Tui Brewery
Most famous for brewing Tui East India Pale Ale. Tour with sampling available.
DB Breweries Ltd, State Highway 2, Mangatainoka.   Phone: 64 6 376 7549.    Fax: 64 6 376 9799

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